Projected 2014 NFL Team Cap Space

February 4th, 2014 by Michael Ginnitti

With the 2013 NFL season officially wrapped up, we’ll take our first look at how each team ended up in terms of salary cap space (estimated as always), and project 2014 cap space as it currently stands. As the 2014 team salary cap has not yet been officially determined, we’ll use the rumored $126,300,000 to project 2014 figures for each team. The cap space represents projected rollover cap unused from 2013 plus the team’s current 2014 Top 51 cap figures minus $126.3 million.

Who’s in Good Shape?

While the Raiders and Jaguars top the list of projected 2014 salary cap space, the Cleveland Browns at #3 may be the most favorable situation, with just 7 unrestricted free agents set to hit the market (2 notable in center Alex Mack and safety T.J. Ward). The padded cap space allows them room to not only shop the open market, but front-load some of their core talent set to expire in 2015 (Joe Haden, Jordan Cameron, etc) should they be sold on them long-term.

While the Indiandapolis Colts sit #4 on this list currently, 7 of their 17 unrestricted free agents were starters in 2013, leaving them with plenty of holes to potentially fill.

The New York Jets can/should leap a few spots on this list by releasing backup quarterback Mark Sanchez. A move that will clear $8.3 million in 2014 cap space.

Who’s in Rough Shape?

It’s been no secret that the Dallas Cowboys, for the 3rd straight year, are in terrible salary cap trouble. Our initial figures show them with more than $24 million over the 2014 cap already. Add in their 11 unrestricted free agents, two of which are major defensive contributers (DE Anthony Spencer, DT Jason Hatcher) and the road to cap safety is a long way for Dallas in the next few months.

The New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers also sit well over the 2014 cap, but in both cases are expected to heavily restructure or release a number of defensive veterans in order to lessen this blow a bit.

The Detroit Lions sit just north of $5 million over the current cap in large part to Ndamukong Suh’s $22.4 million figure for 2014 – the final year of his contract. The Lions are undoubtedly working to extend Suh long-term to heavily reduce this cap number.

The St. Louis Rams currently sit with less than $1 million in cap space heading into the offseason. While the Rams are expected to release multiple veteran contracts (Cortland Finnegan, Kendall Langford, Harvey Dahl, Scott Wells) this offseason to aid in their minimal space (less than $1 million projected), it should also be noted that they hold the #2 and #13 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. If these selections are held, they’ll account for fairly sizeable cap figures in 2014.

Here’s our complete, sortable look at each NFL teams’ 2014 projected cap space:

Team Est. 2013 Cap Space 2014 Free Agents Proj. 2014 Cap Space
1 Oakland Raiders $4,509,671 25 (18 UFA) $63,633,401
2 Jacksonville Jaguars $19,044,460 16 (8 UFA) $50,399,782
3 Cleveland Browns $25,206,298 8 (7 UFA) $46,220,904
4 Indianapolis Colts $219,839 24 (17 UFA) $33,552,464
5 Miami Dolphins $17,134,659 21 (15 UFA) $32,013,542
6 Green Bay Packers $9,429,535 19 (16 UFA) $27,264,983
7 Minnesota Vikings $1,041,416 19 (16 UFA) $23,943,670
8 Cincinnati Bengals $7,761,856 15 (12 UFA) $23,345,599
9 New York Jets $3,601,329 24 (18 UFA) $22,297,475
10 Carolina Panthers $13,069,736 26 (19 UFA) $20,998,273
11 Philadelphia Eagles $17,897,254 14 (9 UFA) $20,957,239
12 Buffalo Bills $17,523,224 11 (7 UFA) $19,283,662
13 Washington Redskins $967,336 22 (18 UFA) $14,759,124
14 Atlanta Falcons $3,407,314 14 (10 UFA) $13,661,973
15 Denver Broncos $6,573,476 21 (16 UFA) $12,414,394
16 Baltimore Ravens $1,138,094 20 (13 UFA) $11,497,810
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers $7,472,287 24 (18 UFA) $11,192,698
18 New York Giants $85,535 27 (23 UFA) $9,277,474
19 Chicago Bears $2,475,689 26 (22 UFA) $7,304,912
20 Tennessee Titans $7,167,783 16 (15 UFA) $6,521,842
21 New England Patriots $5,924,757 14 (12 UFA) $5,619,465
22 San Francisco 49ers $2,625,734 13 (11 UFA) $5,166,959
23 Houston Texans $1,880,243 18 (12 UFA) $3,319,618
24 Seattle Seahawks $3,182,731 21 (17 UFA) $2,551,491
25 Arizona Cardinals $5,596,968 23 (15 UFA) $2,302,549
26 St. Louis Rams $270,527 16 (8 UFA) $888,840
27 Kansas City Chiefs $1,488,345 16 (13 UFA) $333,457
28 San Diego Chargers $1,425,497 15 (13 UFA) -$2,754,251
29 Detroit Lions $1,493,425 24 (18 UFA) -$5,313,331
30 Pittsburgh Steelers $3,321,574 25 (21 UFA) -$10,502,280
31 New Orleans Saints $1,508,272 25 (17 UFA) -$13,741,318
32 Dallas Cowboys $1,805,027 13 (11 UFA) -$24,117,913

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